Best Lemon Pie

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Discover the simplicity and vibrant flavor of homemade lemon pie with this easy-to-follow recipe. From prep to serving, indulge in zesty goodness with every bite.

Introduction

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Start by prepping a 9-inch pie pan with a pre-made pie crust. Prick the bottom with a fork to prevent bubbling and pre-bake in a preheated oven at 425°F for 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Preparing the Crust

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Using a paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Scrape down the bowl, add eggs, and mix thoroughly to create a creamy base for the pie filling.

Cream Cheese Mixture

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Enhance the cream cheese mixture with the tangy zest of fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and a hint of vanilla extract. Mix until the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the filling.

Adding Flavor

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Lower the oven temperature to 350°F to ensure gentle baking, allowing the pie to set perfectly without overcooking.

Adjusting Oven Temperature

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Pour the prepared filling into the pre-baked pie crust, spreading it evenly to create a smooth surface. Bake in the adjusted oven for 30-40 minutes until the center has a slight jiggle but is set.

Filling the Pie

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After baking, allow the lemon pie to cool completely before transferring it to the refrigerator. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight, to enhance the pie's texture and flavor.

Cooling Process

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For a delightful finishing touch, whip together heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until medium peaks form. This creamy topping adds a light and airy contrast to the zesty filling.

Whipping Cream Topping

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Get creative with pie decoration by topping it with whipped cream in rustic dollops or beautifully piped swirls. Sprinkle lemon zest over the whipped cream for an extra burst of citrus flavor and visual appeal.

Pie Decoration

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Slice the chilled lemon pie into generous portions and serve on dessert plates. Pair with fresh berries or a drizzle of raspberry coulis for an elegant presentation.

Serving Suggestions

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Experiment with flavor variations by incorporating different citrus fruits such as lime or orange to create unique twists on the classic lemon pie recipe.

Flavor Variation

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Take advantage of the make-ahead option by preparing the lemon pie a day in advance. This allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a more flavorful and cohesive dessert.

Make-Ahead Option

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